Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables

About this program

Foodlink offers the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) Program to emergency agencies. The JSY Program began in New York in 1997 in order to provide nutrition education and obesity prevention programming to low-income clients of the emergency food network. It is funded through the state Department of Health and USDA’s SNAP-Ed Project. SNAP-Ed supports nutrition education for people eligible for SNAP (formerly known as food stamps).

The mission of JSY is to work with organizations that serve food insecure populations to improve the health and nutritional status of SNAP-eligible residents in New York. We do this through promoting fruit and vegetable consumption and empowering clients to make healthy choices.

Foodlink offers JSY classes to our emergency agencies, like food pantries and soup kitchens. Each class includes a nutrition lesson and activity, a cooking demonstration, and healthy recipes to taste. To request a class, call us at 585-436-FOOD. To learn more, visit


Each spring and summer, Foodlink brings the “JSY at the Market” program to the City of Rochester Public Market. A nutrition educator offers free cooking demonstrations at the Public Market every Thursday and Saturday from June through October next to the Market Office. The aim of the program is to help individuals and families eat healthy, make the most of their food budgets, prepare foods safely, and adopt a healthier lifestyle overall. 

2017 season

Our 2017 program has been scheduled and we’re excited to bring you another season of Just Say Yes at the Market! The first session is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, and we will wrap up the season on Saturday, Oct. 28. Topics will change weekly and include: How to properly store fruits and vegetables, stretching your food dollars, meal planning, healthy beverages and more. 

Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Workshops run 20-30 minutes and occur on the hour. Upcoming topics:


Sept. 7 & 9 …………. Shopping at the Farmer’s Market

Sept. 14 &16 ………. Storing fruits & veggies

Sept. 21 & 23 …….. MyPlate guidelines

Sept. 28 &30 ……… Food Safety

Oct. 5 &7 ………….. Stretching Food Dollars

Oct. 12 & 14 ……… Portion Sizes

Oct. 19 & 21 ……… Fiber

Oct. 26 & 28 ……… The Benefits of Beans


For more information, contact us at 585-436-FOOD.